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mind ♪ ♪ should old acquaintance be forgot ♪ ♪ in day auld lang syne >> happy new year, john. >> happy new year to you. "cnn newsroom" with joe johns begins now. happy 2013 from the east to the west, america rings in the new year, new hope, new optimism and a visit from kathy griffin. >> someone on twitter said there will be a drinking game every time i giggle nervously. >> calvin harris and swedish house mafia. >> who is calvin harris? >> okay, grandma, you know what? >> highlights and lowlights from the big night. plus, was one of your resolutions to get out of debt
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between the credit cards and student loans? we'll show you sure-fire ways to crush those bills. must have essentials to keep you out of the red and in the black for 2013. help wanted tuesday follows black monday, seven nfl head coaches are looking for jobs after being sacked. and private pot party. new year and a new place to light up in colorado, members only clubs where you bring your observe. opening time 4:20. "newsroom" starts right now. good morning, i'm joe johns from washington, and sitting in for carol costello. we begin this morning with the fiscal cliff and the drama that now shifts to the house, that's because overnight the senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise measure, the move delays the spending cuts that have could plunged the nation back into a recession. for most americans here is the bottom line, taxes would stay
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the same for almost everyone but top earners but the measure is up to the house. lawmakers could vote on a compromise today and republican leaders in the house are not making any promises that it's going to pass. this morning, both parties say more work needs to be done. >> i'm disappointed that we weren't able to make the grand bargain as we've tried to do for so long. we tried. passing this agreement does not mean negotiations halt, far from it. >> we've done some good for the country. we've taken care of the revenue side of this debate and now it's time to get serious about reducing washington's out of control spending. that's a debate the american people want. it's the debate we'll have next, and it's a debate republicans are ready for. >> we're covering all the angles of this story as it unfolds, brianna keilar at the us what, christine romans breaks down the
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numbers and alison kosik is getting an earful from americans inside a new york diner, let's bring with brianna. does the white house expect the house of representatives to take up this measure today and do they think it's going to pass? >> reporter: they certainly think or they're prepared for that and obviously that's the hope, they want -- the president said yesterday or i would say overnight in a statement he wants the house to act without delay. there's a couple of possibilities here, though, joe. first off speaker boehner needs to take the deal that was struck and passed in the senate and needs to see where his house republicans stand on this. of course i think the expectation is that if he were to put it to a vote in the house it would pass, there would be democratic support for it and there would also be some republican support. the question, is there enough republican support as it is right now to just put it up for a vote. republicans may look at it and say we want to change some things, make it more to our liking so they could propose some amendments. it's possible they could change
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it but joe, even if they were to go through that process, it is something that could still happen very quickly but we're waiting to see what comes out of a meeting today between the speaker and his republicans. >> now this deal certainly buys some time, but is the white house a little bit concerned that they're going to have to fight this battle again in a couple months? >> no doubt about it. they know this is a reality. the president knows this is a reality, all of his aides know that as well. the debt ceiling now is where we turn our eyes to. this will be late february, early march and this is where the issues of trying to tackle the long-term fiscal health of the country, be that entitlement reform, tax reform, all of those things that president obama tried to do with house speaker john boehner but ultimately failed to do in negotiations. it will be attached to the debt ceiling since it was unattached from the fiscal cliff and we will be talking about this for some time, joe. happy new year to you. >> happy new year to you,
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brianna, up all night and still ticking. thank you for your work. eight senators voted against the compromise measure. tom harkin, tom carper and michael bennet voted no and mike lee, richard shelby, rand paul, chuck grassley and marco rubio. setting politics aside for a moment answer the question most of you are probably wondering on this new year's day, what does the measure mean for me and my wallet? cnn's christine romans is crunching the numbers. christine? >> joe for 98% income tax rates will not go up to the clinton era levels. it means if you're unemployed and you've got your last unemployment benefits check, the federal unemployment benefits check last friday, will you get another check. unemployment benefits have been extended. if you're a teacher who writes off supplies you buy for your classroom you're able to do that. if you're a doctor you're not
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getting a pay cut because of your medicare reimbursement falling off the fiscal cliff so a lot of different corners of society are not going to see their taxes rise but i really want to point out the payroll tax holiday was not part of this deal. for 160 million of you, 160 million of you, you're going to see higher social security taxes, you're going to see a lower paycheck, slightly lower from $10 to $40 depending on how much you earn every two week less out of your pocket so the payroll tax holiday always meant to be temporary, not part of this so that is a bite that people will feel. joe? >> christine, rates are not going up for people making between $250,000 and $400,000 but it turns out they could still be paying higher taxes am i right because some of their itemized deductions are being capped. >> we're still digging in and trying to get more details exactly what that is going to mean but it's a way that technically the president could
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go back and say there are some people who make $250,000 a year or more who will see higher taxes and why? because they're going to cap itemized deductions for individuals at $250,000 a year and for households making $300,000 a year so there's been a lot of criticism among progressives, among liberals who have said the president always said $250,000 he was going to raise taxes on people making more than $250,000, instead this senate bill is for people making $400,000 and couples at $450,000 but they will be capping itemized deductions 250 for individuals and 300 for households. what that means, i'm telling you on new year's day, accountants across the country scouring the books with their clients trying to figure out what that's going to mean for couples and families making more in the $250,000 to $300,000. >> right, there's people saying i thought they said my taxes weren't going to go up but i'm still paying more. that's going to be an interesting scenario on tax day
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there. thanks so much for that. >> you're welcome. >> happy new year, christine. >> you too, joe. >> you bet. the senate missed the fiscal cliff deadline and we don't know what's going to happen in the house. how are americans viewing the stalemate in washington? alison kosik, with the clock running it's appropriate she's at a new york diner, tick tock. how is it looking over there, alison? >> reporter: you took the words right out of my mouth, joe, we are at the tick tock diner, we appro po because the clock has been ticking on congress to make the decision and this is a great diner, not only people from new york are here but people across the world are here. i ran into fazad from l.a. happy new year. >> thank you, happy new year. >> reporter: you're frustrated how lawmakers handled this. >> right, i think delaying it isn't a solution and a solution is someone has to give up something at some point and the politics right now sore heavy handed that i don't feel like in
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two months we'll come away with something people will be happy with. like me i'm a teacher in l.a. and politicians should be working for, they're so far removed from their own little worlds, it's not going to have a positive impact. i don't think anything is going to happen in two months. i wouldn't be surprised if we saw another delay. >> reporter: how much do you think they've been playing with the economy holding it hostage and how much has really changed? >> you're exactly right. they're just holding different areas of american's lives hostage, be it the economy, health care, they take issues that affect people in everyday life, hold those hostage to kind of push what they want to do on their own side so it's exactly what you're saying and i don't expect anything to happen any time soon. that's pessimistic but until i'm proven wrong i think that's what i'm going with. >> reporter: thanks so much and this is a great place because we did talk with some folks from out of town, from especially from europe and england and they say it's laughable how our
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members of congress are in such disarray, how disorganized we are, even some europeans who have to deal with the european debt crisis are also laughing, the pot calling the kettle black if you can me. o'neil i was talking to him earlier, you had thoughts on the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> i think it's irresponsible for them to wait last minute to make a decision since it's affecting more than 1 million people and i think as our government they should look out for the people versus for the interests of themselves. >> reporter: you're looking to make a change on your own once you go into the voting booth again. >> yes, i am, currently i have voted democratic for the past two elections but now i'm looking more towards the republican because i feel like even though they don't support the middle class as much, they will support our economy, and help us kill the deficit that we do have. >> reporter: all right, o'neill, happy new year. interestingly enough the whole fiscal cliff battle made average americans become more empowered
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when it comes time to make that choice in the voting booth again so something maybe our lovely elected leaders should think about as they make their decisions today. >> absolutely, paying a lot more attention to financial matters, too. i bet you that started around t.a.r.p. or so. thanks so much, alison kosik, good to see you. happy new year. >> reporter: same to you. pope benedict xvi welcomed the new year celebrating mass in st. peter's basilica. crowds gathered to hear the pope's blessing. he told people to look to god to find true peace. catholics recognize this day as a world day of peace. the annual tradition started in 1968. three, two, one! >> hundreds of thousands of people rang in the new year in new york's times square and millions more watched and celebrated from home. it didn't take crews long to start cleaning up after the ball
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dropped in new york city. believe it or not the streets are clean this morning. three hours later seattle welcomed 2013 by countle up on the iconic space needle which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2012. if you had a hard time deciding on one place to celebrate the new year, sin city out if for people's attention with multiple fireworks displays above the las vegas strip. in less than three hours, the house gets its first look at the senate's fiscal cliff solution, but will the house approve it? ohio congressman dennis kusinich weighs in on the plan. i cannot begin to tell you how irresponsible i think this has been for both parties to play all the politics they've been playing and leaving the people out, leaving the people's concerns out and just letting this thing happen.
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checking the top stories now, pot smokers in the denver area have a new place to light up. club 64 opened at 4:20 yesterday afternoon. you pay $30 to join the private club where it's byow, bring your own weed. voters in colorado as well as washington state approved recreational use of marijuana in november. a shooting at a new year's eve event in sacramento kills two people and wounds three others. some 40,000 people were at a
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fireworks show when gunfire rang out as a fight at a sports bar spilled into the streets. witnesses later saw police take a man into custody. when the final figures for 2012 are in, ford says its focus model will be the top selling vehicle in the world. overall ford says it sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012, the only automaker to top that level. and here's a great excuse to watch ball games today, a storm system is moving east, bringing rain from texas through the southeast, and into the mid-atlantic states. there could also be a rain/snow mix from northern virginia to southern ohio. how long we stay over the fiscal cliff now rests on the shoulders of 435 members of the house of representatives and we're trying to get a sense this morning whether the house has the votes. the house wasn't in session when the senate passed the bill in the early morning hours.
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it's in recess until noon today when representatives get their first crack at the agreement and it's going to be one of the last pieces of legislation several outgoing members of congress deal with. one of those is democratic congressman dennis kusinich, very well-known, of ohio, he joins us now from capitol hill. congressman, happy new year, for one thing, and how are you going to vote on this bill? >> reporter: happy new year to you. well, based on the details that were communicated to the senate if nothing changes, it looks like something i'd be able to support. i've got to look at the fine print of course. you know, it's new year's day but this place is starting to have the feel of the movie "groundhog day" because even with this deal, two months from now, same discussion, spending cuts, and taxes. the country cannot continue to lurch from crisis to crisis. there's responsibilities of governance here which are not
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being executed in a manner that the american people have a right to expect. this whole fiscal cliff thing really shows, creates a crisis of confidence in government itself, and that's a problem. >> you know, liberal senator tom harkin of iowa voted against this on the senate side. he said it didn't do enough for middle class families. do you share those concerns? >> tom harkin's a great u.s. senator, and i think that he's right. the question is, though, whether or not the deal that's put together can effectively create a patch that will take us two months down the road. this is no grand bargain. the american people need to know that. this is essentially a two-month fix with respect to the bigger issues of spending, of debt, of tax cuts, and you know, is it true that the people are on unemployment deserve to have
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their benefits extended? absolutely. do middle class taxpayers need a patch on the alternative minimum tax? you bet they do. should there be some relief with people with smaller estates? yes. there are some things being done here that are good but the fact of the matter is, how do we get into this mess to begin with? what is this perils of lead scenario where governments all of a sudden or the people of the country are on some railroad track and have to be worried about being runned down by the train of economic excess, and why aren't we talking about jobs? we have over 10 million people unemployed. if you want more taxes, how about more taxpayers. the way this whole economy is being managed with a debt-based economic system is going to bring us right back to where we are or where we were yesterday again and again and again until we reclaim the government's
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authority and ability to be able to create the jobs, rebuild the infrastructure and get america back on its feet. >> everybody's trying to vote count on this thing right now. do you think there are enough democrats and republicans who are going to sort of lock arms to pass this thing and get out of here? >> i think it will pass. again make no mistake about it, this is a temporary fix to a much broader situation, a much broader economic problem of a debt-based economic system, a massive unemployment, of low wages, of an economy that's stagnant, we need to get america's economy moving again. what this will do will stop the stock market from diving tomorrow, but we need a much larger vision of america instead of this small ball debate about cuts and tax cuts and spending, which essentially we continue to go back to every couple months as a result of this deal or any other deal they could have put together at the last minute.
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>> as i mentioned in the intro, you're leaving the congress. you've been there a long time. you sent out an e-mail last week telling supporters you're going to continue to be active and when i saw that, the first thing i asked was whether you're planning on running for office again any time soon? >> well, you know, talk to my wife about that. the answer is that i don't have any immediate plans to run for office. i'll be making some announcements in the next couple days. rather than worrying about myself in the last couple months since i knew that i wouldn't be returning, i'm concerned about the country, so i've been focusing on the job that i have now and when the new congress is sworn in on thursday, then i'll start to focus on what my plans are for the new year. >> congressman kusinich, thanks so much. it's been a real pleasure covering you on capitol hill, your run for president and we wish you all the best. >> thank you, happy new year to
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you and all your viewers. thank you. it wouldn't be a new year's eve celebration without anderson cooper and kathy griffin in times square. we'll show you some of their best moments.
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new year's eve is easy to celebrate but cleanup can take some time but for all of ez who stayed hours after the celebration ends, we do appreciate you and no place on earth understands that more than new york times square. two people who might have contributed a little bit to that cleanup co-hosts of cnn's new
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year's eve extravaganza, anderson cooper and comedian kathy griffin and yes, kathy, we did see that. roll the highlight reel. >> rihanna will be here. >> someone on twitter was saying there was going to be a drinking game every time i giggle nervously. >> calvin harris. and swedish house mafia. >> who is calvin harris? >> let me take this part, grandpa. name mitt romney's sons. >> schlep, tag, josh, ben, matt. >> yes. >> craig? >> yes! >> oh, yes, thank you! >> you did it! >> do we have the election night? a photo kathy sent me on election night and told me to show it to david gergen in the midst of our election coverage. >> i love gary tuchman. >> he's an amazing reporter. >> obviously you are angry with him to send him groundhog day style to top town in maine where
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he drops a minow in a bucket. ryan, ryan, screw you! we do a better broadcast because we improvise and we're real! >> how is it going? nice to see you. i almost wore this, psy. i was this close to wearing this. >> this is not awkward at all. this is great. >> who was that? >> that was m.c. hammer. >> no, really? >> yes. ♪ babe, i got you babe ♪ i got you babe >> i started sexting george stephanopolous. >> really? >> yeah. >> i'm not the only one you sext? >> no. >> this person says can anderson get in a word once in a while? >> you're like ike turner. "liz and dick" was fantastic, she had on the joan collins wig it was heaven on a stick. >> you hardly talk to me anymore, who do you come through the door at the end of the day. >> check in with gary tuchman, ♪
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>> and we wish you a very happy new year of much success and peace and happiness and love. >> did kathy lee actually compare anderson cooper to ike turner? that would make her tina turner. all right, anyway -- have you made a new year's resolution? if you're looking to climb out of debt, we have some tips that just might help you.
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good morning, i'm joe johns in for carol costello. while congress was focusing on the fiscal cliff the u.s. hit the debt ceiling monday. lawmakers have approximately two months to raise the borrowing limit or risk having the government default on its financial obligations. a royal dutch shell drilling unit has run aground on an uninhabited alass khan island. the company and coast guard crews have been trying to get the rig to seattle. the rig went adrift near kodiak island off the southern alaska coast. winds up to 60 miles an hour and waves as high as 28 feet made the recovery operation treacherous. there's been no oil spilled in the area, alaskan officials say.
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according to politico the new york state rifle and pistol association is calling for nationwide boycott of "the journal-news" advertisers and any business that advertises with the paper's owner. they published an online news of names and addresses of pistol permit holders. the paper says it will continue adding names to the map. two and a half hours from now the house begins debating the deal to avert the dreaded fiscal cliff. the senate overwhelmingly passed the compromise measure earlier this morning and business correspondent christine romans is crunching the numbers to answer the big question, what does it mean to you? christine? >> oh it means so much to you whether you're a doctor or a teacher, a student, a parent, or working american or someone on unemployment benefits, this is a deal that reaches all corners of the population. in addition to dealing with the fiscal crisis, the senate deal
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would extend federal farm policies through september. that means milk prices won't double. the deal also nixed a set pay raise for members of congress. the white house scored an agreement to raise the tax rates on larger estates from 35% to 40%, but republicans successfully insisted the exemptions should be adjusted annually for inflation a provision that would increase the exemption amount to $7.5 million for individuals, $15 million for couples by the year 2020. those house holds would pay higher rates on investment profits with rates on dividends and capital gains rising to 20%. for taxpayers earning less than $450,000, the deal would restore limits on personal exceptions, and itemized deductions, limits that existed during the clinton administration, with those benefits phasing out for couples earning more than 250 grand a year and single people earning more than 200. it calls for a permanent fix for the alternative minimum tax.
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it would extend tax credits for college tuition and the working poor for five years. joe, of course, all of this depends on what the house does, that's the senate version, what will the house do? will there be any amendments that could muck it up? markets are closed today as you know, so there's a little bit of breathing space. we are officially over the cliff but with markets closed it gives the house a little bit of time to try to do something today, joe. >> breathing room at the very least. very interesting to see whether somebody tries to amend it, because that could change everything. thanks so much for that, christine romans. a new year is a great way to start new habits and what better resolution to get your finances on track and dig yourself out of debt? here with some great financial advice is ryan mack, president of optimum capital management. happy new year. >> happy new year to you as well. thank you for having me. >> let's talk about the elimination of debt strategies. >> yes. >> what do you have in mind?
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>> this is 2013, we're asking the government to get their fiscal house in order, we need to get our fiscal houses in order and the first thing we have to understand is when you're eliminating debt, relax, take a deep breath, stress and concern never pays any bills. only action pays bills so the first action you need to take is to make sure that you get your fico score in order, so you can negotiate more effectively, go to and paying your bills on time, which is 35% of your fico score and more to make sure your fioco score is 750 or higher. then go on websites like and downloading the free brochure all the things you should know about debt collection. if you have debt collectors calling you after 9:30 or 9:00 p.m. something's wrong and essentially we have to lay out a plan of attack. many individuals, too many individuals i've seen have not taken the time to sit down and
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actually write out what their debts really are, from largest debts on the top to smallest on the bottom using your budget and surplus to pay your surplus from the smallest to the top, the snowballing strategy and lastly develop a hardball strategy, call them before they call you. always know that the best time to negotiate with creditors could be at the end of the month because they're trying to collect commissions so all of these things are little tips and strategies to make sure you put the ball in your hands and start standing on the fact that you will be debt free by the end of 2013. >> what about investing savings to get out of debt? how risky is that? >> well essentially i mean debt is, it should be a short term strategy to try to eliminate it, credit card debt or collections debt. investing should be a long-term strategy so you never want to try to use a long-term strategy to pay down short-term debt. investing should be, i see a lot of individuals saying i can invest $10 in this stock today and hopefully it will be the next where i can take down that and pay all of my debt.
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that's too risky. it's not atlantic city slot machines, this is investing. you want a dollar cost investment strategy that's five years or more but if you have excessive amounts of debt pay down that first or at least try to put a little bit paying down your debt, putting money into savings and then work on investing and put yourself in a better situation. >> say you want to sit down with someone, do you think credit counseling is a good idea? >> credit counseling is a great strategy. if someone says hey you pay me $600 and i can help prepare your credit, get out of there as fast as possible. there are too many free things. i like to fight for free. is a great organization. you can find a good free resource right in your neighborhood, i bet. >> a lot of people hear about these consolidation loans. is that a good idea, just one
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bill and you basically pay everything. >> well it's definitely a lot easier but the problem is that a lot of times with this one bill comes a lot of excessive fees so additional fees and sometimes that credit consolidator they want to make money, too, so in addition to the fees they might jack the interest rate up so calculate the weighted average of the fees and expenditures you're paying you might be paying more with that one bill. that might be the cost for something easier so want to go to websites like and use that debt consolidation calculator to see exactly how much you would be paying according to the term they gave to you figure out exactly is it worth it it or not. you might want to pay more if it's easier but that's a question you should discern for yourself. >> how far should you stick your neck out here. who should come first, yourself or your creditors? >> at the end of the day you have to pay bills and this is a lot of hard times for a lot of individuals so you have to make hard choices which bills to pay
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first and i'm not advocating anyone getting kicked out of not paying rent because some credit card company is trying to call and collect their money so we have to make sure we have wise and conscious decisions about who we're paying, how we're paying it and what is the most beneficial to you. before we get to that, if you decide to say you're going to be paying late on a particular bill, call that creditor first and say look, can we work out a strategy? because i'm going to pay you but it might not be on the exact date it was originally on the terms we agreed upon. if we start calling them first, don't wait for them to call you, we can be responsible making financial decisions for our households. >> ryan mack, good to talk to you and happy new year. >> thank you so much, happy new year to you too as well. billions, james billions, he's broken records at the box office. he might want to change his name. excuse me, maestro? bring it down, please?
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kim kardashian is speaking out for the first time about her bundle of joy. her boyfriend kanye west broke the news the couple is expecting their first child. in a statement posted on her website, kardashian wrote "it's true, kanye and i are expecting a baby. we feel so blessed and lucky and
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wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us, looking forward to great, new beginnings in 2013 and starting a family. happy new year." jessica simpson is already showing off her new baby and at the box office star power can't overcome "the hobbits." nischelle turner reports. >> reporter: jessica is bairi i baring herself showing off her pregnant belly adding "bumpin' and proud." this is simpson's second child with eric johnson. their daughter, marxwell, is only 8 months old. simpson announced her pregnancy on twitter on christmas day. skyfall broke records sunday when its global ticket sales surpassed the $1 billion mark.
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this is daniel craig's third turn as james bond and the 23rd film of the spy franchise and it's the first bond film to ever make more than $1 billion at the box office. according to the hollywood reporter it's the third film of 2012 to hit the billion-dollar mark following "the avengers" and "the dark knight ritzs." django's box office victory. in a battle of possible oscar contenders beat "les miserables" this weekend. with more than $30 million in ticket sales this weekend. "l "les mis" and "the hobbit" narrowly held on to the number one spot. new detail this is morning on hillary clinton's condition. our dr. sanjay gupta explains
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the danger she faces and her chances for recovery.
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checking top stories, lawmakers return to the house in about two hours from now, their challenge, debating the disfal cliff compromise measure that
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overwhelmingly passed the senate overnight. the republican controlled house could approve, reject or amend the measure which keeps tax rates pretty much unchanged for most americans. the family of venezuela's cancer stricken president is asking to ignore rumors his health is family. his son-in-law is saying the 58-year-old is in stable condition. chavez has not been seen in weeks and the government has reportedly described his condition as delicate. 2012 saw gas prices hit their highest average ever, according to aaa. the average price last year was $3.60, that's nine cents higher than 2011. hurricanes, refinery outages, and tensions in the middle east all contributed to the rising prices. this is a great excuse to watch bowl games today. storm system moving east bringing rain from texas through the southeast into the mid-atlantic states, there could also be a rain/snow mix from
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northern virginia to southern ohio. and how about this for a new year's resolution, an australian cup until their 60s plans to run, get this, a marathon a day for every day of 2013, that works out to more than 9,300 miles. the couple plans to raise money for various charities and promote a healthy lifestyle, living on raw fruits and vegetables. secretary of state hillary clinton is spending new year's day in the hospital. the news broke late yesterday. the blood clot she's being treated for is located between her brain and the skull, right behind the right ear. clinton was hospitalized sunday for a blood clot that formed after she fell and suffered a concussion a few weeks ago. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is joining us from new york. happy new year to you. >> you as well. >> now that we know the details can you walk us through what it means to have a blood clot between her brain and her skull? >> yes, absolutely, joe.
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one of the first things you want to ask if someone has a blood clot is where is it located, is it inside a blood vessel or outside a blood vessel and as you point out, joe, we found out this blood clot is inside a blood vessel, one of the veins that drains blood away from the brain. joe i got a model, this might make it easier to understand. we know it's on the right side of her head but i'll show you the left side for the purpose of this model. you see this area over here, joe, in blue, these are the veins called sinuses, and they drain blood away from the brain. in the secretary's case there's a clot in one of those veins that sits right around here and that's what they're trying to address, joe, with the blood thinning medications, these anti-coagulants as they're called. joe, one thing i should point out if you think about blood going to the brain, blood also has to leave the brain. if it has a hard time leaving the brain because of this clot, the pressure can start to build
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up inside the brain and that's what they're trying to avoid, joe. >> how serious is this medically and how long would it take to recover from something like this in. >> it's a good question. i should point out this is a pretty rare occurrence, it's not common so there's not a lot of data on these sorts of things but it's one of those things where if it's treated, someone could do very, very well, but if this had not been caught and not been treated, the concern is that pressure inside the brain, because the blood again can't leave the brain could eventually lead to swelling in the brain, could lead to stroke, could lead to some neurological impact. the doctors said very clearly, joe, there's no evidence any of that happened, no evidence of stroke, there'seen no evidence of neurological complication and they say they're treating this. they're giving her the blood thinner medications and the reason she's in the hospital, they have to tinker with that dose to make sure the reason she's in the hospital is they have to tinker with that dose. >> so a week or two for her to recover?
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months? >> being in the hospital takes a few days, but on the medication is usually months. in terms of how she's doing overall, she may have headaches and now this blood clot in the brain as well. it's hard to say how long that would last i think that put that more in the realm of weeks instead of days. >> is there anything they can do? >> blood thinners is the first treatment of choice. if it doesn't work, then sometimes tlgs other things that doctors have to think about. do they do something to fish the clot out directly to try to open up the blood flow? that's more aggressive procedure. you try the blood thinners first because it's safer. >> thank you. the nfl's black monday takes
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a new year's day tradition continues with college football games. the georgia bulldogs take on
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cornhuskers. it's the michigan wolverines in the outback bowl. wisconsin against stanford at 5:00 eastern. and the northern illinois takes on the orange bowl. seven nfl teams start the new year looking for head coaches. don't be surprised if some of the interviews include some of the guys that got fired yesterday. he's joe carter. >> reporter: they call it it black monday in the nfl. the monday after the last day of the regular season when head coaches job security is up for grabs. the most shocking head coach fired yesterday would be the chicago bears head coach lovie smith. he coached nine seasons for chicago going 81-63 and leading the bears to the super bowl had
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in 2007 with a loss to the indianapolis colts. the eagles let go of their winningest head coach yesterday andy reid. he was the head man for 14 seasons going 130-93-1. the eagles went to the super bowl while reid was the head coach in 2005, losing to the the new england patriots. other coaches fired, romeo crennel. the buffalo bills parted ways with chan gailey who went 16-32. ken whooizizzen hunt was relievf his duties. the cleveland browns parted way with pat shurmur. and the chargers fired norv
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turner. >> besides those seven coaches, five nfl general managers also lost their jobs on black monday. the next hour of cnn newsroom begins after a short break.
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happening now in the newsroom, happy 2013.
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from the east to the west, america rings in the new year. it's a time of new hope, new optimism and a visit from kathy griffin. >> someone on twitter was saying there was a drinking game every time i giggle nervously. >> who is calvin harris? >> okay, grandma. >> from the giggles to the glitter e ball, highlights and low lights from the fwig night. and private pot party. a new year and a new place to light up in colorado. members-only clubs where you bring your own. newsroom starts right now. good morning from washington. i'm joe johns.
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we begin with this morning's fiscal cliff and the drama that now shifts to the house. overnight the senate overwhelmingly passed a compromised measure. it it delays the spending cuts that could have plunged the nation back into a recession. for most americans, taxes would stay the same r for almost everyone but top earners. but the measure is now up to the house. lawmakers take up the matter in two hours and could vote later today. and republican leaders in the house aren't making any promises that it will pass. this morning both parties say more work needs to be done. >> i'm disappointed that we weren't able to make the grand bargain as we have tried to do for so long, but we tried. if we do nothing, the threat of recession is very real. >> we have done some good for the country. we have taken care of the revenue side of this debate.
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and now it's time to get serious about reducing washington's out of control spending. that's a debate the american people want and it's the debate we'll have next and it's a debate republicans are ready for. >> we're covering all the angles of this story. brianna keilar is at the white house. christine romans breaks down the numbers and alison kosik is getting an earful from americans. let's begin with brianna keilar. do they expect the house to take up the measure today and how sure are they that it's going to pass? >> reporter: they expect it will be taken up. today is still to be seen. john boehner will be meeting with his republican members at 1:00 p.m. on capitol hill and will be having a better idea of how they will proceed after that. the white house is prepared this could happen as early as today. the question is once john boehner meets with republicans, what do they do?
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he said the house will honor its commitment to consider the agreement if it's passed. decisions about whether they seek to accept or amend the measure will not be made until house members have been able to review the legislation. so one they take up the senate bill, they vote on it. or they try to change it. they at least try to amend it. perhaps succeed and send it back over to the senate. that in itself could be done pretty quickly but we're not going to have a real sense until after this meeting on capitol hill once it wraps up after 1:00 p.m. there's just still still just kicking this thing down the road and will have to do it later. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff was incentive to try to deal with deficit reduction. this is dismantling the consequence of dealing with the
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bigger issue. the bigger issue is still going to be with us in the next couple months because now as the debt ceiling is set to hit, this will all come into play. republicans aren't going to budge on increasing the debt ceiling until they get some of the things they want on deficit reduction. they want tax reform. so do democrats want tax reform but they have different ideas about how to do it it. it's kicking the can down the road. there will be a lot more ahead on this. >> brianna keilar breaking it down for us at the white house. thanks for that. eight senators voted against this compromised measure, but the opposition didn't fall along party lines. tom harkin, tom krarner and michael bennett all voted now. so did these five republicans.
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let's put the politics to the side for a minute and ask the question most of us are wondering. what does this measure mean for you and your wallet? ali velshi is crunch iing the numbers. >> good morning. the first thing is the payroll tax holiday goes away. everybody is going to get a little less in their paycheck every month. that's going to hit the economy. it's a tax holiday that you had that we're losing now. if you earn more than $400,000 as an individual or $450,000 as a household, you'll be paying higher taxes in 2013. that won't hit you yet. nothing on the 2012 taxes that will be affected. the minimum tax was going to hit 30 million people on their 2012 taxes. that is now going away. that's not going to be a problem. so nothing that you file for your income taxes are going to be affected.
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for 2013 and you'll deal with this on your taxes for the next year, if you earn more than $250,000 you will have a limit on some of the deductions that you can itemize. that's the stuff that hits you. the bigger problem is how it hits the economy. if any of this starts to hurt the ability for people to spend, you start to feel that around you. that's where you see layoffs and people spending less. you probably would have seen more. we're just having people look at these bills and economists come out with their predictions. it will still slow things down a little bit because an increase in taxes tends to do that. probably no net effect. we're going to be talking about this in february again because the debt ceiling. we'll talk about it in march pause we have pushed forward that sequestration and the
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spending cuts decision. so we're not in the clear just yet. for the moment, the only difference you'll see is the payroll tax cut having gone away which means less out of your paycheck. >> the spending cuts, that's a huge deal that really was just glossed over almost. >> absolute ly. it won't be glossed over. it will be the political fight of the year. there's no question. a lot of those republicans have said now that the tax battle is out of the way, they could focus. when you're not distracted by the tax battle, you can get on to the spending cuts. i think we'll be talking about that. they just kicked the can down the road. they just put it off. we still have to have the debate. >> good to see you. happy new year. >> and to you, joe. the senate missed the fiscal cliff deadline and it's not clear what the house will do. how are americans viewing the latest stalemate in washington? alison kosik taking the pulse of
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the public and with the clock running it's only appropriate she's at a new york diner. >> reporter:s that great diner because it doesn't only have people in here from new york but all across the country. we're getting lots of different opinions. the one comment seems to be frustration. >> definitely. i know that this morning they just delayed the decision again. a lot of it has to do with people being uninform ed. you can vote but realistically our options are pretty slim and that's kind of how i'm feeling. >> reporter: what about the option of voeting in the next election? >> there is that option but the candidates, i feel like it's a lose-lose in everything. >> reporter: what are your thoughts on what got done or away is getting done? is it enough? >> definitely not. it's just big fancy speeches and
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police cat rhetoric and it's day after day. it's easy to not pay attention. but realist clickically nothing is happening. people need to speak up and make stuff happen. >> reporter: you have a bus to catch. a lot of people are heading home after spending new year's in new york city. princess here has something to say. you were talking to me earlier. politicians did get something done. >> i think they finally got a deal that did not have what we thought would come out of this. after such a long wait and the deal is on, the deal is off, we're about to get a deal, and then when we came down to the last 11th hour, we come up with a deal that seems to have more to do with both parties avoiding going over the cliff than
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dealing with the deficit and the economy. >> reporter: that seems to be the biggest issue. it's kick pg the can down the road with the spending cuts. >> alison kosik working the room there in new york. thanks for that. hundreds of thousands of people rang in the new year in times square. millions watched and celebrated from home. check that out. south korea rang in the new year with a big bell. dubai showed up the entire world with their show stopper. lighting up the tallest building with fireworks one floor at a time. all 160 of them. that's spectacular. it's the ride no one wanted to take. a trip over the fiscal cliff. we have already gone over. now a deal is in the works.
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check the top stories. a royal drilling unit has run aground on an uninhabted island. crews had been trying to get the rig to seattle. it went adrift off the south alaskan coast. waves as high as 28 feet made the recovery treacherous. the coast guard says there's no visible sheen in the area surrounding the rig. they are planning another flyover later this morning.
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a shooting at a new year's eve event in sacramento kills two people. 40,000 people were at a fireworks show when gunfire rang out as a fight at a sports bar spilled into the street. police took a man into custody. when the final figures are in for 2012, ford says its focus model will be the top selling vehicle in the world. overall ford says it sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012. the only auto maker to top that level. here's a great excuse to watch bowl games today. a storm system is bringing rain from texas through the southeast and into the mid-atlantic states. in a little less than two
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hours, the house of representatives is expected to at least take a look at the fiscal cliff deal and its future is uncertain. we have already gone over the edge. just eight hours ago the senate approved the deal, two hours after the midnight deadline. the plan is a late night piece of legislation that affects all americans. >> middle-class families will wake up to the ashoournss their taxes won't go up. >> as i said, this shouldn't be the model for how we do things about here, but i think we can say we have done some good for the country. >> we have just a bit of developing news here. u.s. republican leader cantor says no decision on taking the senate bill to the house floor will be made at least today. a decision will be made soon.
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senator john hoeven of north dakota joins me. you're expecting your fellow republicans to vote for this bill today, is that right? >> happy new year, joe, good to be with you. the expectation was that they would be voting on the bill today. obviously it had had a big vote in the senate. 89 votes in favor of the legislation. it's important. there's a lot more to do here, but it takes that first big step of making sure we're not raising taxes on hard working american taxpaye taxpayers. >> now you voted yes on this bill, but some republicans voted no including marco rubio of flori florida. what do you say to the people who are arguing that this just doesn't do enough to solve the country's big debt and spending problems? >> we have to do more. we need entitlement reform. i pushed for a big deal, but we have to get the work done for the american people. we can't get it all done.
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we need to start doing it in pieces. e we did this on the tax piece. now we need to go to work right away and e get the spending under control. more to do, but we have to get results. >> a lot of republicans are complaining that there weren't enough cuts in spending to justify the amount that was compromised on the tax rates. is that your view? >> we do have to do more on spending. what we did is we took the tax argument off the table. the president was pushing higher tax rates. we preserve lower tax rates. households up to $450,000 but we have made clear all along we have got o to find more savings, more reductions in spend iing. we go into this debt ceiling debate with a clear message that we've got to get spending under control. >> this sets up a political
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battle in a couple months or more. is that a good idea? a lot of people say that's no way to run the government. >> we have to get the results for the american people. we have to work in a bipartisan way to do that. to get our debt under control, we have to find real savings and to save our entitlement programs for the long run, we have to have reforms. we need to get after it. it's got to be bipartisan. and the president has to lead. he's got to join us in this effort. >> i also want to ask one question on gun control. it's a hot topic right now. the president said he wants to put his full weight behind a bill during this first year of the second term. do you have any interest in working with the white house on gun control legislation or is that a nonstarter? >> clearly we have to have a serious discussion and determine what we can do to make sure we
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protect our children and our society safer. that's got to be a comprehensive approach. it includes the discussion on guns and how we approach that, what we can do, but also security in our schools. the violence in our movies and video games, all these things have to be part of it. >> senator john hoeven of north dakota, good to see you. >> thank you, joe. happen new year. colorado rings in the new year not with champagne but with marijuana. almost two months ago colorado voters approved recreational marijuana use and on new year's eve the first private pot club opened its doors. u to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7.
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new year, new laws. starting today several states have new rules going in place. in maryland same-sex couple cans marry. meanwhile in california, clergy members will not have to perform if they object. in illinois sex offenders will not be able to dress up like the easter bunny or santa clause and hand out candy. and in oregon employers will not be able to advertise a job opening if they won't consider those who are unemployed. how do you celebrate the new yore? nice dinner, champagne, for some in colorado with weed. they approved marijuana for recreational use. just in time for new year's club 64 opened its doors. it's a private club where you
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can get stoned. jim spellman joins us. you were there for opening night. what was it like? >> it's a big celebration. it really marked the end of what they see as a civil rights struggle. to legalize marijuana, stop arresting people for this, stop using law enforcement resources. years they tried to get to this. so there was a lot of celebration and a sense of accomplishment. i was able to speak with a couple people there. >> you can not buy marijuana from the club, but you can bring marijuana, you can share marijuana, you can have others share with you. and you can associate with with others in private and disgreet environment. >> it's great to be able to exercise my vote to get together with my common man and express
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ourselves. >> reporter: it's really unclear exact exactly what these clubs will look like going forward, but last night they were starting to stretch their wings and find out what exactly the freedoms that they come with this amendment will look like. >> was this a big crowd, big turnout or not so much? >> not a huge crowd. honestly it was one of the events where the journalists outnumbered the patrons but it was at first night. there's a year-long waiting period where local and state governments can come up with a regulatory structure to sell pot. so you can't buy pot at club 64. it's really unclear exactly if this is legal yet. so it was kind of on the down low e. you had to pay a $29 membership fee online. then they would e-mail you the address. so it still has one foo the in the underground world and one in the legal world. but they hope it's a baby step
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towards legalizing it and all the forms that will take here in colorado. >> so the legality question is a big question. legal according to state law, illegal according to federal law. any type of law enforcement presence there? >> there wasn't. even after the amendment passed, some people were smoking on the capital steps to celebrate. it is legal now after the law passed. it was signed by the governor to possess a small amount and grow e a small amount. you cannot sell it, but a private club is not addressed in the amendment. until the state house comes together and comes up with a rule, it's really unclear. the man who started this, he's a long time pro marijuana advocate here. and honstly he likes to ruffle feathers and push the limits. that's what he was doing last
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night. they have taken an arm's length view of it. but advocates are concerned as to whether that will continue. it's still against federal law. until they work that out between states and the federal government, it's hard to know whether establishments where the whole legalization of marijuana thing will really be able to go forward. >> which leads to the next question, how do people find out about clubs like this? do they advertise in the newspaper or what? >> there's a robust community of marijuana enthusiasts here. we have had medical marijuana here for years. there's over 500 medical marijuana stores here in colorado. over 100,000 people on the medical marijuana registry. around that comes a whole culture. there's even sporadic newspapers published about marijuana.
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the word got out about club 64. then you have to do the e-mail thing and pay by paypal and find the address. but people in that community, they know how to find it. >> jim spellman reporting out of denver, colorado, thanks. we'll be watching that closely. a lot of stuff to talk about in that story. hillary clinton spending her new year's day in the hospital. but that doesn't mean she's not calling the shots. we'll have a live update from the state department. ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪
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checking the top stories, eric cantor says there's no decision yet when the house will vote on the fiscal cliff deal, which was approved by the senate overnight. house lawmakers return to work in about 90 minutes. the house could approve, reject or amend the measure which keeps tax rates unchanged for most americans. while congress is focusing on the fiscal cliff, the u.s. hits the debt ceiling on monday. they have two months to raise the borrowing limit or risk the government defaulting on its financial obligations. the new york state rifle and pistol association is calling for a boycott of any business that advertises with the paper. they published a list of names and owners of pistol holders. they will continue adding names to the map.
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secretary of state hillary clinton is being treated for a blood clot in her head and is expected to make a full recovery. but that doesn't mean people are not concerned. joining us live now from the state department is our foreign affairs correspondent jim dougherty. how long is the secretary expected to be hospitalized? >> we don't know. the reason we don't know is she's on blood thinners. it's designed to dissolve the clot that's between her brain and her skull. so once they decide that they have the right combination, the right amount, et cetera, then they could potentially release her. they won't do that until they are sure they've got it. so at this point, we don't know. maybe we would hear some more today. they were originally indicating she would be having this
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medication for about 48 hours and she went in on sunday. that would mean maybe today. but not clear. they want to be very, very sure that everything is done correctly. >> do we know if she's working while she's in the hospital. is she able to? >> they haven't said she is, but she's been described as engaged with her doctors, her family, her friends visiting her. there would appear to be no impact on her daily life -- well, she's in the hospital, but in her interaction with other people and how she's function i ing. that seems to be that if everything goes as it's going, she could make a full recovery. it's something that doctors do say she can live a normal life, even if she had to be on this anticoagulant for awhile or maybe for her entire life. but people function with this. it's not, at least at this
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stage, anything that's life threatening or could keep her theoretically from carrying out her duties. >> no clue on when she could return to work? >> no. we did know e before this happened, after she had the stomach flu and the concussion, her travel was on hold. they said she wouldn't be traveling at least until the middle of the month. certainly that would be obvious prediction she wouldn't be doing very much traveling. it really totally depends on how she's feeling. don't forget that this came up sunday night. it was something that was not expected. she was recuperating from that it hitting her head during the bout with the stomach flu and people thought she'd be back. this was a curveball they have to deal with and make sure they have it right.
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>> as far as we know, she's still expected to testify before the congress on benghazi. do we know if this situation is affecting that? >> you know, cognitively, the way she can relate and testify theoretically, according to what the doctors are indicating, she should be able to do that. the question would be when and whether they release her and when she decides and they decide she can actually do it. but she's indicated a number of times that she does want to do it and don't forget there's been a couple reports that have been damning of the state department. so people in congress, members of congress are saying e we definitely want her to testify. we want her to explain what happened. and then after that, theoretically, you could have the man whom president obama wants to be the next person in
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line to go through his nomination hearings and we could move forward. but look where we are. it's three weeks before the inauguration. time is really moving fast. >> had that's for sure. thanks so much. jill dougherty at the state department. . wedding vows and not new year's resolutions are being recited today as another state allows same-sex marriages. where is flo? anybody know where flo is? are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this.
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same-sex couples are now tying the knot in a new state this morning. when the clock struck midnight same sex weddings were alued in maryland joining. >> jim and i met in 1977 and at that time i didn't believe gay people could ever marry. >> reporter: after 35 years as a couple, they were the first same-sex couple to be legally wed. stephanie raulings as mayor and minister presided over the ceremony herself. >> it's a very emotional night.
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incredibly meaningful. they have the chance to have the life they wanted for themselves and their family. i'm so proud of maryland that we chose equality over hate. >> reporter: seven sake semicouples took their vow at 12:30 this morning. the culmination of long battle for supporters of marriage equality. the referendum on the ballot in november was hotly debated but ultimately passed. >> i'm very happy. this is as happy as i've ever been and to be a able to spend the rest of my life with bill legally and just show people. >> reporter: they have advice for other couples. >> don't abuse it. be sure it's love before you say i do. >> that was kim daisy from wbal reporting. less than four months after
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the ambassador to libya killed, conce concerns are being raised in yemen.
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there are safety concerns for the u.s. ambassador in yemen after an alleged al qaeda group
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put a bounty on him. brian todd has dpe tails. >> reporter: less than four months after the killing of u.s. ambassador chris stevens in libya, word of a specific threat to another american envoy in another arab country where al qaeda is dangerously strong. a bounty of $160,000 worth of gold has been placed on gerald firesteen. targ it was posted by militants. we can't verify the authenticity, but the governments are taking them seriously. the militants also offered 23,000 for the killing of an american soldier in yemen. analysts say the militants may be affiliated with al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, the terror group's powerful branch. >> they have been looking for a way to hit the united states whether the u.s. embassy in yemen which they attacked in
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2008 or carrying out more attacks here in the united states. >> reporter: this is the same group that came close to debt nitting a bomb in a passenger's underwear. and tried again this year to bomb a plane bound for the u.s. it's also not the first time al qaeda has offered gold for the killing of a prominent american. >> the most important american in iraq during the george bush administration. osama bin laden himself offered substantial gold reward for basically for his death. >> reporter: no one got to bremer. the odds of an assassination this time, an official says security is being stepped up around the u.s. embassy. analysts say the ambassador may not need to reenforce his personal security detail too much. >> you essentially had this
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green zone in which all the people who work at the embassy live within a very secure corridor next to the embassy. they travel from this secure housing location to the embassy and back and forth. they don't really get out which makes them difficult targets. >> reporter: but one deadly asset may tip the ballots. that's this man. the young master bomb maker for al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. he was behind the christmas day attack three years ago and the printer bomb plot. he once placeed a bomb inside the body of his own brother, which came close to killing a top saudi official. he's still at large and experts say has been able to train others on his techniques. brian todd, cnn, washington. check iing top stories, jus in, there will be a 1:00 p.m. meeting on capitol hill of republican conference members in trying to figure out what to do
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with the fiscal cliff. a decision on the house vote will likely be made. we're told after that meeting. house lawmakers return to work in a little more than an hour from now. the republican-controlled house could eventually approve, reject or amend the measure passed by the senate, which keeps tax rates pretty much unchanged for most americans. the family of ka cancer-stricken president is asking them to ignore rumors that his health is failing. hugo chavez's son is said to be stable. the government has repeatedly described his condition as cat. the average price of gas last year was $3.60. that's 9 cents higher than 2011. hurricanes, refinery outages and
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tensi tensions in the middle east all contributed to those rising prices. snow, heavy rain and airport delays can slow down your day if you're hitting the road or the airport. meteorologist karen mcginnis is here to show us what to expect now. >> 2013 gets off to a soggy start. especially along the texas gulf coast region. in galveston they have seen 75% of their monthly rainfall totals. over three inches of rain. normally they just over four inches for the entire month. we move on to the river valley and a number of warnings have been issued including where you sould see a couple more inches of rainfall throughout the day. in the mid-atlantic, it's going to be an icy mixture in portions of virginia. higher elevations as well. we told you about some of the arctic air that's been spilling in across the u.s. take a look at these
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temperatures. we saw single digits and teens. right now we're staying in that same area. but those overnight lows were incredible. double digit below zero readings. look at the windchill values. international falls, minus 24 degrees. that's what it feels like. minneapolis it feels like minus 5. tomorrow we'll talk about the santa ana. >> thank you. the clock ticks, the anger builds. all that uncertainty over the fiscal cliff is hurting their bottom line. we'll let them explain why. ly s, something this delicious could only come from nature. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪
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the 124th tournament of roses parade steps off at the top of the hour in pasadenpasad. this year's theme is "oh the pla places you'll go." besides a parade there are a number of college football games today. here are four big ones to watch. the georgia bulldogs take on nebraska in the capital one bowl at 1:00 eastern. it's the same kickoff time for south carolina against the michigan wolverines in the outback bowl. the rose bowl in pasadena puts wisconsin against stanford. and northern illinois takes on
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the florida state seminoles beginning at 8:30 eastern. black monday is cruel day in the nfl. the day after the regular season ends is a traditional time for nfl teams to fire coaches who didn't win enough games. a total of seven coaches got pink slips yesterday. one had been in his job for 14 years. three e had coached super bowl teams. one of those coaches lovie smith is leaving the chicago bears after nine seasons. shawn jensen joins us from the bears facility in lake forest, illinois. good morning. >> good morning. >> lovie smith had a career-winning record and a winning season this year, but he's out. why is that? >> it's a cruel, cruel business. frankly in a big market like chicago, the expectation is not just to have winning record or
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even just make the playoffs, but ultimately that was his undoing in five of the last seasons the bears did not make the playoffs and they squandered a 7-1 start this year. that's what ended up costing him his job. >> seven firings in one day, it sounds like a lot. is this the worst black monday that you can remember? >> it is the worst black monday. 13 coaches a couple years ago were relieved of their duty, but in terms of one day, i can't remember seven going on the first day. so it really is a big change. let's not forget that five general managers have also been ousted. there's going to be a lot of change in the nfl this off season. >> lovie smith sure surprised me. were there any firings that surprised you? >> smith's firing was a little bit of a surprise because the family that owns the bears tend to be conservative and lovie has done a good job and endeared
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himself to the family. so it's a little odd that a coach would be fired after a 10-6 season, but you have to go back to the fact that they have missed the playoffs in five of the last six seasons. >> some of the coaches that got fired are going end to up as a head coach of another team. >> absolutely. i fully expect lovie smith is going to have some options. i know he wants to coach in 2013. i think he will end up on a sideline very quick plip there are are some excellent candidates out there. andy reid turned the eagles into the worst program in the nfl to one that competed in the super bowl and was a playoff contender. >> there were five general managers who also lost their jobs. the head coaches still in place. so a lot of people will look at that situation and ask if rex ryan is safe. >> rex ryan is safe. the owner yesterday made it
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clear that rex ryan is safe and that he's going to make a change at the top. that makes a lot of sense because a lot of the issues with the jets is they have a terrible roster. they didn't have much talent to work with. mark sanchez who the general manager picked didn't end up being the quarterback they are looking for. on top of that, they gave him they gave him an extension. it doesn't look like he's going to be a starting quarterback in the nfl. >> one ugly monday, thanks so much. we'll be right back. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger...
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just about an hour from now, the house of representatives is expected to go back into session at some point today, perhaps not today. they will consider a measure that could steer the u.s. economy from the fiscal cliff. it's not clear if they will vote today at all. the decision will come up after leaders meet with republican lawmakers at 1:00 eastern. the senate passed a compromise measure early this morning, but it's not clear if the republican-controlled house is going to follow suit as that political uncertainty and the gamesmanship that have many americans fuming. mary snow explains. >> reporter: debra pays less attention to designers these
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days and is focused instead on capitol hill and fiscal cliff negotiations putting a dent in her clothing business. >> i'm angry that america has not just stood up and screamed and stormed washington and said we're paying you to do a job. show up for work and do your job. they get paid. they are on vacations and taking breaks. meanwhile i just don't understand how we're allowing this to happen. >> reporter: deal or no deal, she says the uncertainty over what will happen has made her customers tentative. >> their answer is i don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. that kind of tomorrow has been hanging in the air and kind of gotten better and now here we come with the fiscal cliff that americans are being pushed off of. it's a scary place to be. >> reporter: while she worries about her business of nearly 24 years and whethe